For the International Day of Older Persons: My Reflection on Growing Older

Allie and Noah in "The Notebook"

I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I’ve succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough. –Duke (James Garner), “The Notebook”I’m a pretty tough cookie when it comes to the movies.  I sit back and analyze the dialogue, deconstruct scenes and then imagine them differ … [Read more...]

Pope Marries Cohabiting Couples? No News Here, Folks!

All week, I've been reading that Pope Francis plans to marry 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica this weekend--and that some of them are cohabiting (oh my!)--and some even (horrors!) have children.Good gracious! There is an undercurrent of insinuation, that once again Francis is breaking the rules of the Church, striking a new chord, changing the "business as usual" approach of his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II.Here, just look at the breathless expectancy in this lede from t … [Read more...]

How Would You Like to Be Married by Pope Francis?

The Vatican has announced that next month, Pope Francis will officiate at his first wedding ceremony since his election to the papacy.On September 14, Pope Francis will marry not just one, but 20 engaged couples from the Diocese of Rome.  The nuptial Mass will take place in St. Peter's Basilica, just a few weeks before the start of the extraordinary synod of bishops on the family.According to the Catholic Herald, this will be the first time since 2000 that a pope has officiated at a … [Read more...]


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